*This list was updated on 08/07/2019 and now includes new entries which made it onto my personal Top 10 list.
This list is part of an ongoing series that details my Top 10 Game Grumps playthroughs, this one focuses on the best extended playthroughs (i.e where they’ve played the game for more than 1 episode) during the period where Dan Avidan was the co-host also known as ‘Not So Grump’. Before we get on with the list, I just want to let you know a little about Game Grumps. They are a Let’s Play series currently hosted by Arin Hanson (also known as Egoraptor) and Dan Avidan (also known as Danny Sexbang) who while on the show play the characters of ‘Grump’ and Not So Grump’ respectively. The role of ‘Not So Grump’ was previously held by Jon Jafari (also known as Jontron) who also co-founded the channel alongside Arin Hanson back in July 2012, and co-hosted it with him Until Jon until left in June 2013. I wrote a similar list on my Top 10 Game Grumps extended playthroughs during Jon’s tenure on the show which you can check out here. For my Top 10’s on the best Game Grumps one offs (i.e games which they only played once) click here or here for Dan and Jon era one offs respectively.
1. Dead Rising (46 Episodes)
As you can probably guess from it taking the top spot on this list, this is my personal favourite Game Grumps extended playthrough. Not only is it a fantastic series, with a personal highlight being the ‘Wap Goblin/Wap Demon’ but the playthrough was so good it actually made me go buy a copy of the game.
2. A Way Out (21 Episodes)
God this was a hilarious playthough, it involved a lot of cooperation and focus which if you’re a fan of Game Grumps you’ll know isn’t their strong suit but overall it was just a fun game to watch them play, and I particularly enjoy games that they themselves seem to enjoy, the funnies are a byproduct of hating on a game but just them having fun and us being along for the ride.
3. Mother Simulator (3 Episodes)
I was in stitches watching this playthrough, Arin is at his best when he’s just being a bit crazy but this game takes him to new heights, he just goes crazy frantically following the instructions to care for his baby and it’s just an absolute mess.
4. Jelly Belly: Ballistic Beans (2 Episodes)
This and the next entry on my list are probably my most watched Game Grumps playthroughs, not just because they are my favourites but because they are short, fun and just a nice chill thing to have on in the background. In fact I’m actually listening to them while compiling this list.
5. M&M’s Beach Party (3 Episodes)
As I mentioned above this is one of my go top playthroughs, in fact I tend to put it on when I’m not feeling great, and can’t decided what to do, so it’s become something of a comfort to me. That being said it’s super funny, a particular highlight is Dan suggesting a certain M&M has an advantage at volleyball because it has more fast twitch muscle fibres.
6. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (131 Episodes)
Perhaps my favourite of the long playthroughs on this list, and at least once every few months I’ll go back and re-watch it with my partner. It’s just full of little bits that make it worth it, voices and character that never get old, not like Professor Frankly anyway.
7. House Party (20 Episodes)
My partner hates when I watch this playthrough because for days afterwards I’ll keep saying ‘How’s it going dude’ to her randomly but other than annoying her this is a great series, that blends proper progression and gameplay with just sheer nonsense.
8. Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek (6 Episodes)
A hold over from the first version of this list, and I feel the same way as I did back then. It has some of the most quoted moments in Game Grumps history including the infamous “I Missed” line. I enjoyed this playthrough so much that when they didn’t end up finishing the game I bought myself a copy so that I could complete it myself. Overall though this is just a fantastic game with lots of funny observations that make it well worth a watch.
9. Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut (56 Episodes)
This also made it from the previous list, and I’d like to say that while I have enjoyed all of the Sonic playthroughs so far, this one just happens to be my particular favourite. A lot of humour comes from the fact that 3D Sonic games like this one are well known for being glitchy and often having confusing plot and/or gameplay. Humour also comes from Arin’s over the top reactions to those glitches and other issues, although Arin promised and really did try to tone down his negative opinions about the franchise for this playthrough. Highlights for this series being the gambling segments and the entire ‘Big the Cat’ portion of the game which is just so mind numbing that it’s genuinely hilarious.
10. Sonic and the Black Knight (25 Episodes)
Another holdover from the original list, and another funny Sonic playthrough. This game is so mind boggling, it’s officially part of the Sonic canon but it’s based on the story of King Arthur and combines just so many elements, including motion controls courtesy of the Wii. This series is good evidence of why Arin is known as ‘Grump’ in the Game Grumps partnership, because after failing to beat the dragon later in the series he becomes so frustrated that he destroys a light and punches a cabinet, he also shouts at Barry but later apologises. It also had the screaming rant about the unavoidable chin move.
So those were my Top 10 favourite Game Grumps Extended Playthroughs during Dan’s Era and if you want to check out their channel and find your own favourites then head on over to their YouTube, and make sure and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates from Game Grumps.
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